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A Night With Janis Joplin - Alley Theatre, Houston TX, 2016

Live TV appearance on Great Day Houston



Breaking Through - Pasadena Playhouse, 2015

An Insider's Look at Breaking Through



A Night With Janis Joplin - Pasadena Playhouse, 2015


Promo for One Night With Janis Joplin - Austin, TX 2013


Promos for "Love, Janis" -- Kansas City Repertory Theatre 2007

Interview from 99.7 KY (MP3: 5.75 MB)


Interview from KMBZ Segment 1 (MP3: 1.58MB)
Interview from KMBZ Segment 2(MP3: 1.16MB)





Reviews
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A Night With Janis Joplin, Alley Theatre, Houston TX

  • BroadwayWorld
    “And Kacee? She has the look; she has The Manner, but does she have the voice? Oh yes. She does. From the whiskey-soaked rasp that is unmistakably Janis, to the roof-rattling power that seems to come from the floor, she grabs a song and shakes the living daylights out of it until it's drained of every emotion and lays panting at her feet. Janis was unabashedly sexual, and it poured out of her music. Kacee portrays her wild side without so much as a flinch, full out. Nothing less would have worked.” read more

  • Houston Chronicle
    “Clanton's voice is full of dirt and booze, and it also holds a ghostly, operatic quality that balloons out in songs like the remarkable Cry Baby.” read more

  • HoustonPress
    “Clanton has the kind of pipes necessary to tackle songs by Etta James and Big Mama Thornton, some of which climax with such fervor she comes close to speaking in tongues, and the same kind of nervy confidence Joplin needed to survive in the hormonal funhouse that was ‘60s rock and roll. Most of all, she understands the vulnerability that was never far away from the buoyant personality Joplin presented to the world, but that also became the most lethal weapon in her arsenal whenever she stepped onstage.” read more

  • Houstoniamag.com
    “From the moment the music starts, Kacee Clanton, who plays Joplin, captivates the audience with her mesmerizing performance as one of the most influential music icons. This is the role of a lifetime, and with her striking physical resemblance to Joplin and uncanny ability to embody her unique and influential vocals, it seems as though Clanton was destined to play this role. She is not only pitch perfect when singing, but also captures Joplin’s conversational style: casual and unimpressed with the stifling conventions of the world around her.” read more

  • Free Press Houston
    “Kacee...channels the Port Arthur native right down to the spine of her wavy hair and raspy soulful voice.” read more

A Night With Janis Joplin, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle WA

  • Seattle Gay News, 4/8/2016, Eric Andrews-Katz
    “Kacee Clanton comes out as Janis Joplin with a rocking attitude and fierce sound… Clanton's voice is powerful, and she handles the distinctive vocals of the classic songs with great ease and strong emotion.” read more

  • Daily Record, 4/7/2016, Dewey Mee
    “Clanton is spot-on, especially with Janis’s slightly raspy…speech patterns that evolve into the cry from her soul, as Janis sings her feelings from the inside-out. Clanton achieves an incredible tour-de-force that’s a bit spooky. It’s not like Clanton is ‘portraying Janis.’ It’s more like Janis is coming back again through Clanton’s body.” read more

  • Taryn's Wreckreation Guide: A Night With Janis Joplin, 4/14/2016, Taryn Daly
    “I'm fairly certain the woman who played Janis Joplin, Kacee Clanton, was born for this role. When the curtain first rose and she was on stage, she took my breath away just by her looks alone. It was as if we were staring at Janis herself. And then when she started singing... WOW. It was clear that we were in for an incredible performance! She WAS Janis Joplin, in every way.” read more

  • The Dispatch, 4/4/2016, JPat Jenkins
    “A Night With Janis Joplin...makes one believe that the legendary rocker has risen from the dead. For fans who never saw Joplin perform live, this incredible portrayal of her by Kacee Clanton must surely be the next best thing. She sings Joplin’s songs and channels Joplin’s soulful style the way you imagine a Joplin concert would have been. Clanton...is mesmerizing...” read more

  • Jetspace Magazine, 4/7/2016, David-Edward Hughes
    “Kacee Clanton who played Janis in the recent Broadway production of the show is flat out sensational as an actress and a singer. She gives all the signature numbers her considerable all…” read more

  • Seattle Chinese Times, 4/5/2016, Daniel DeMay
    “...an almost haunting recreation of Joplin.” read more

Breaking Through

  • Los Angeles Times, 11/3/15, Charles McNulty
    “Kacee Clanton, who alternated as the lead in 'A Night With Janis Joplin' both on Broadway and at Pasadena Playhouse, has a luscious powerhouse voice that instantly raises the pulse of the production every time her character, Karina, a star quickly losing her bankability, drunkenly staggers onto the stage to haunt the other singers with her sorry story...” read more

  • The Hollywood Reporter, 11/2/15, Jordan Riefe
    “Kacee Clanton (A Night With Janis Joplin) makes a welcome return to the Pasadena Playhouse as Karina, a former hit maker who’s a tad too old for Scorpio and a Grammy nomination short of a new contract. Her second-act swan song, 'Breathe In,' is a showstopper, with Clanton belting out the long notes in a voice blended with heartbreak and bitterness...” read more

  • Eurweb, 11/3/15, DeBorah B. Pryor
    “Kacee Clanton returns to Pasadena Playhouse straight off her strong performance in 'A Night With Janis Joplin' this past summer. As Karina — a fading star at the fictitious Solo Records label, Clanton plays the hell out of this role, and she has a great voice to back it up. It was also nice( and unexpected!) to have her character be receptive to the incoming star, Charlie Jane, instead of the usual overplayed jealousy and hate that generally accompanies such an association. I found the relationship to be an honest one...” read more

  • Pasadena Independent, 11/4/15
    “Equally as mesmerizing is Kacee Clanton, who plays Karina, the washed-up pop star who tries to warn Charlie of the ravenous, cold nature of the music business. Clanton, who played alternate lead as Janis Joplin for the acclaimed musical A Night with Janis Joplin, owns the stage when she performs 'Letting Go' and 'Breathe In,' to the point where, when you realize her songs have ended, you immediately long for her return.” read more

  • Dine and Travel, 11/4/15
    “A ‘Dreamgirls' moment is when aging rocker, Karina, played by Kacee Clanton...is dropped from the record label. This brilliant actress and singer comes back to the Pasadena Playhouse after starring in A Night With Janis Joplin. When she sings 'Letting Go' and 'Breathe In,' the audience wants to give her a standing ovation..." read more

  • South Pasadena Now, 11/7/15, Alisha Hayashida
    “Slaying audiences once again with her authenticity and rock star voice is... Kacee Clanton, as the Joni Mitchell-esque rock star on her way down just as Charlie is on her way up. Clanton gives a brutal performance that is worth the price of the ticket.”

One Night With Janis Joplin

  • BayAreaPlays.com. By David John Chavez.
    "Clanton’s power was reminiscent of the Queen herself, with phenomenal renditions of...“Summertime,” “Ball and Chain.” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Cry Baby.” What is so interesting about watching Clanton in the role is we really feel that Joplin was able to give the audience one more night..." read more

  • Content Magazine. By Lam Nguyen.
    "Kacee...then makes her way on to the stage. Her performance is a completely different animal altogether and...defines the entire experience. She begins almost timidly, weaving in and out of moments that seem almost sheepish... Then, as the performance pushes on, you literally get to see Clanton’s Joplin go from shy young woman to full on, larger-than-life rock star. By the time you get to the first chorus, there is no mistaking who’s on that stage. She becomes Janis Joplin in a poignant, haunting, and almost painful two and a half minutes. She arrives in a form that dominates the rest of the show and leaves the audience speechless..." read more

  • Theatre Notes. By Paul Myrvold.
    "Ms. Clanton holds nothing back, just as Janis did, delivering her songs from the tips of her toes to the top of her head with its lion’s mane of auburn hair, investing the music with passion and wringing every bit of feeling out of each intense, vividly affecting moment..." read more

  • "Tears rolled down my cheeks when Kacee Clanton poured her heart into "Summertime" as the title character in "One Night With Janis Joplin" at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Her phrasings were perfect - the soulful wail; the urgent, staccato "no-no-no-no-no"; the notes torn from a raw, visceral core - all within an artful reproduction of Joplin's unique delivery." ~ San Francisco Chronicle. By Robert Hurwitt.

  • San Jose Mercury News. By Karen D'Souza.
    "The charismatic singer-actress, who will alternate in the lead role for the show's upcoming Broadway run, knows how to seduce a crowd as well as belt out a song. She's half diva, half earth mother and she summons up the iconic singer's unmistakable combination of grace and grit with breathtaking force. She connects with the music deeply and that sense of intimacy is the show's most intoxicating quality..." read more

  • Austin Chronicle, 8/12/2013
    "Clanton has mastered the singer's salty and sweet demeanor, not to mention that epochal wail. And with more than 20 musical numbers in the show, including all of the greatest hits, Clanton oozes Janis' loneliness, pain, and passion over and over again..."
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  • Broadway World, 7/21/2013
    "When she speaks, she's ballsy, honest, witty, and incredibly smart, with a touch of vulnerability and a tiny bit of self-doubt thrown in. When she sings, she's able to capture the Janis grit and rawness. When Clanton really lets loose with some Janis-esque ad libs...you forget for a moment that the person you're watching is an actress playing the Queen of Rock..."
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Album: "Mama Came to Sing"

This is the latest from... song stress phenom Kacee. I first met Kacee fronting for Big Brother and the Holding Co. (doin' Janis' legacy proud!). Next she toured with Joe Cocker. Now, spreading her wings you will find this CD full of great original rockers and soulful ballads that showcase Kacee's incredible talent...I expect nothing but a great future from my friend. What talent!!!
- - Blue Monday Monthly. Minneapolis, MN. April 2006.


Review from Hawaiian Chopper magazine says "... Since I first listened to this record, I haven't been able to get it out of my head! This is a must have for any rock & roller..."
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CD Baby


Love, Janis

"Look out! This mamma is packing heat..."
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-- "Love, Janis" By: C.W. Hanson. Kansas City / 50 & Better. March 2007


"...Clanton literally brought the crowd to our feet with her exacting portrayal of Janis' music and fervent performance style."
-- We "Love, Janis." The Broadway Blog. March 26, 2007
(click here to see the review on The Broadway Blog)


"Kacee Clanton is of a feather with Joplin in Love, Janis."
--"Get It While You Can" By: Alan Scherstuhl. The Pitch. February 15, 2007
(click here to see the review on pitch.com)


"...Clanton belted out Joplin's tunes with integrity and rasp."
-- "Play Depicts Life of 60s Rock Star Through Letters" By: Alex Peak. Kansas State Collegian. March 26, 2007


"Joplin's mannerisms and her mix of sweetness and vulgarity were captured to near perfection...by Kacee..."
- - Tony Perry, LA Times Theater Review, Rollicking 'Love, Janis' Does More Than Push Those Boomer Buttons


"Listening to you sing...you obviously have the vocal qualities down, but there's something else that you have down: Janis Joplin's voice was about emotion and feeling life, and you've got that down too.... I'll tell you what, girl, you can certainly sing. And Jon [Nichols], you can certainly play!"
- - NBC San Diego Morning News, July 2002 (excerpt of interview with Bernard Gonzalez)


"The 'Janis Joplin' rendition of 'God Bless America,' took the crowd...who attended the Excellence in Journalism Awards...by surprise, as Kacee..., who starred in...'Love, Janis,' at the San Diego Repertory Theater, delivered American patriotism with rare 'Janis' passion and style."
- - Laura Walcher, Journalism Awards Chair, San Diego Press Club Foghorn, J-Awards Starred San Diego Media


Big Brother & the Holding Company
"Kacee peels the paint off the walls and chews up the furniture. I mean, the woman is downright destructive..." (Read the full review)
-- Sam Andrew, Big Brother & the Holding Company. BBHC Forum. March 2010.


Kacee Clanton moves like Janis Joplin. When her rough 'n' tumble vocals work through classics like Summertime or Ball n' Chain, you'd swear it was the legendary blues lady singing... (Read the full article)
-- Andre Wetjen. eVent. Wednesday, July 23, 2008.


"...The crowd stood on its feet as Clanton sang the emotional 'Ball and Chain,' perfectly emulating the rough vocals of Joplin....Kacee was great....She is the closest thing to Janis."
-- Som Khamsaysoury. The Porterville Recorder. January 21, 2003.


"Kacee, who played in the Los Angeles production of the musical Love, Janis, did a superb job on the Joplin vocal showcases such as 'Summertime,' 'Piece Of My Heart' & 'Ball And Chain.' She has the rare ability to evoke & pay homage to Janis Joplin without imitating her."
- - Excerpt from review of Big Brother & the Holding Co., Borderline Club, London


"...cheering and calls for more...Kacee still wanted another go... and what could make the night even more fantastic than a ride in a 'Mercedes Benz'...drive on, Kacee..."
- - Concertverslag: Big Brother & Holding Company feat,17 maart 2003, Banana Peel, Ruislede - België, Auteur: Patrick Lagae. Translated by Bruce Becker.



 


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